Kinetics of reduction of a Resazurin-based photocatalytic activity ink

Andrew Mills, Nathan Wells, John MacKenzie, Grant MacDonald

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The kinetics of reduction of a Resazurin, Rz, -based photocatalyst activity indicator ink, paii, on a commercial sample of self-cleaning glass, Activ™ is examined; the latter has ca. a 15 nm compact coating of anatase TiO2 which serves as the active photocatalyst layer. The rate of dye reduction is reduced significantly by the presence of ambient O2. In the absence of O2, the measured change in film absorbance due to Rz, dΔAbs/dt, was found to be independent of both [Rz] and film thickness, b. It is shown that this translates to the rate of dye reduction, d[Rz]/dt, being independent of the concentration of the Rz in the ink film, [Rz], and inversely proportional to film thickness, b. The observed kinetics are rationalised in terms of a kinetic model in which the rate determining step is the reduction of photocatalyst surface-adsorbed Rz by photo-generated surface electrons, with all photocatalyst surface sites occupied by Rz. Further work suggests that, if the kinetics of the photocatalysed reduction of the Rz paii were diffusion-controlled, then the decay in [Rz] would be first order and dependent upon b−2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-20
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number1
Early online date08 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2017

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